Matthew Burt – Idea to Object
25 April – 6 June 2009
The award-winning, Wiltshire furniture designer will unveil new work and reveal how his ideas are made manifest in this Crafts Study Centre’s (CSC) first touring exhibition.
Matthew will host a talk followed by a tour of the exhibition on Thursday 28 May from 2.30-4.30pm. at the Bluecoat Display Centre. Tickets are available now at £5.50 (£4.50 concs.) early booking is advisable as place are limited. For tickets for Matthew’s talk and tour please call 0151 7094014
Commenting on the exhibition Matthew stated ‘ This exhibition will feature a range of different pieces that reflect my current response to the philosophical, ecological, cultural, financial and practical parameters that frame my designing. In all my pieces my aim is to create an object that is enduring in its design and in its construction. I also set out to support the culture that is makers and making. In my workshop we’ll use tools from the biblical to the digital and we’ll chew it with our teeth if necessary to bring the object out of the idea. We’ll wax it with words in order to reach our market and hopefully sell it so that we can continue our work.’
A new book on Burt’s career as a designer-maker, to include essays by the artist and Simon Olding, Director of the CSC will be available to accompany the exhibition.
Matthew has exhibited widely in the UK since the early 1990s. Last year Matthew’s work was selected to show in an exhibition of leading designer makers at the House of Commons, and for Design & Bespoke in South Kensington, London as well as at Collect held at the V&A. Matthew’s work is held in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge permanent collection.
Matthew Burt was born and raised in Wiltshire. He received a BSc Hons in Zoology and went on to study furniture making at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire. Following an apprenticeship with Richard Fyson in Gloucestershire, Matthew set up his own workshop in Wiltshire in 1978. His commissions include work for businesses, museums, arts centres, ecclesiastical organisations and private individuals. Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and A Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Matthew Burt – leaf table